Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/28/14

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Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Christ on a crutch, NBC wants to do a sequel to the sobbing dog story feature film MARLEY & ME as a TV series where the loving owners of the now dead, dead, dead Marley the golden Lab get themselves another golden lab to torture. Jenny Bicks (SEC IN THE CITY) is writing the pilot script. (And, yeppers, ye olde munchkowski figures that she’s also got a secret last episode tucked away too. You know, the one where, after the show gets cancelled, this dog dies too. Oh, NBC, have you no shame whatsoever?)
  • Chris O’Dowd (MOONE BOY) is re-booting his Irish sitcom MOONE BOY as a series for ABC. (Cuz now that the Australian series, whatever its name was, with the crazy guy and the man in the dog suit is gone, U.S. audiences are dying to watch the adventures of an autistic boy and his sarcastic asshole imaginary best bud. Between this and MARLEY & ME, I’m thinking of moving myself to the dark side of the dogless moon.)
  • Tony Phelan & Joan Rater (GREY’S ANATOMY) are writing the pilot for an untitled legal drama about a supposedly smart 30 year old female defense attorney who falls in love with one of her clients, who’ve being accused of a brutal crime. (Tell me again, pliz, Ms. Development Exec, what the fuck happens in Episode 2?)
  • Danny Boyle (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) has a new overall deal with FX . (And considering that this dood is one of the greatest talents on the planet, all yer friendly neighborhood muncharino can say is, “Hooray!” But I’ll say it a bunch of times so it’s more effective. Hooray Hooray Hooray Hooray Hooray Hooray Hooray Hooray– )

That’s it for now. Write in and tell munchilito what you’ve sold today. TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends. (And, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)

Fox Hires Andrew Miller to Adapt THE BEACH for TV

Nope, Leo’s not onboard for this version. Sorry.

Danny Boyle’s ‘The Beach’ Being Developed as a TV Drama at Fox – by Allison Willmore

The 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio film “The Beach” may be considered one of the lesser entries in Danny Boyle’s filmography, but does it have the makings of a decent television show?

Fox seems to think so — Deadline is reporting that the network has signed on to develop a TV series based on the movie and the 1996 book written by Alex Garland from which it was adapted (Garland also scripted Boyle’s 2007 sci-fi drama “Sunshine”).

The TV adaptation of “The Beach” is being written by Andrew Miller, who developed, wrote the pilot for and co-ran the CW witch series “The Secret Circle.” According to Deadline, Miller describes the new project as “about a group of young people feeling disconnected and disenchanted from society who try to start over in paradise but discover that while creating the perfect world is hard, protecting it is even harder.”

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We’ve been trying to 2 days to think of something to add to this report. Good, bad, snarky, sweet – nothing comes to mind. Which could mean that the project is just innocuous to be a big television success. Or it cold mean – sob – that we’ve lost our touch.

Strangely, our appetites seem fine…